Giving every child the tools they need to succeed

Upcoming Events

March 4 Join us for our 5th Annual Gala Celebration!

Join us for our 5th Annual Gala   Saturday March 4, 2017 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Send your support today! Gala Chair: Mary Castagnozzi Sponsors: For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Daniel Lawlor, Development Manager,, (510) 777-0870

more... August 22 Back to School!

We’re excited for the new school year! We join families, teachers, and friends to say “Welcome Back!” to the hundreds of young people in our program! Your support opens up a lifetime of opportunities for young readers!  

more... July 20 Oakland Reads 2020 Annual Network Convening

Our partners at the Oakland Literacy Coalition are planning for the annual summer convening and community celebration of Oakland literacy advocates! When adults connect, young people thrive! Wednesday, July 20 Jack London Aquatic Center 115 Embarcadero, Oakland 2:00-5:30PM


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The Achievement Gap

Children from poor families enter school having been exposed, on average, to over 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers.

A student who cannot read proficiently by 3rd grade is over 4 times more likely to drop out of school, which limits their own opportunities and continues the cycle of poverty in their communities

There is an almost 90% chance that a child who is a poor reader at the end of grade 1 will be a poor reader in grade 4.